Almost all government have a creed. Writing a creed for each Church can be very important. A Creed of a Church, congregation or individual is written as a profession of faith and is not meant to be all inclusive nor limit the beliefs of the faithful. It is a simple and a brief verbal description of the tenets by which and individual or group choose to live.
As an example, citizens of the United States have a published Creed called the American Creed which supposedly express the creed of all United States Citizens. It states:
"I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes."
"I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies." Read in Congress April 3, 1918.
Also, as another example of written creeds used to express the values and principles by which men and groups may conduct their lives we may look at the personal creed of Theodore Roosevelt which stated:
“I believe in honesty, sincerity and the square deal: in making up one's mind what to do - and doing it. I believe in fearing God and taking one's own part. I believe in hitting the line hard when you are right. I believe in speaking softly and carrying a big stick. I believe in hard work and honest sport. I believe in a sane mind in a sane body. I believe we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”
Since, the Church is both an institution of God and belongs to God, the Church must agree with the beliefs of its Creator, the Man who appointed it. It must also believe in His character, purpose and doctrines. The Church in the wilderness established by God through Moses and the Church established by God the Father through Jesus Christ, must in faith remain the same in precept upon precept as long as God remains the same.
Since the ministers of the Church are appointed by God they cannot exercise authority and therefore cannot dictate wording of the creed for all the people who seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The ministers of God may seek to define the will of God in word and deed, but it is God who is the final judge of who conforms to the true Creed of God.
The world needs to see something because unlike God they cannot see into the hearts of men so we attempt to express the creed written on our hearts by God in the form of a creed written on paper by men. All creeds of the Church should express the character or name of God in spirit and truth. The Creed of the Church as written here is one profession of faith and is not meant to be all inclusive nor limit the beliefs of the faithful, but is presented as a brief verbal description of the tenets of faith laid down from the beginning.
A Creed of His Holy Church
I believe in the Father, God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, His words in the garden to man, to dress it and to keep it, in the faith of Abraham, the obedience of Isaac, the resolution of Jacob, the forgiveness of Joseph, and the sacrifice of Moses.
I believe in the birthright of Jesus, His Holy Designation by John the Baptist, His Exalting as the Highest Son of David, His Anointing as Heir to the Throne, the Proclamation of Him as King by Pontius Pilate sealed in His blood, And that He is ascended as Highest Judge and is seated at the Right Hand of the Father in the Kingdom of Heaven.
I believe in the revelation of the Holy Spirit,
The appointment of His Church in service,
The communion of saints in liberty,
The forgiveness of transgressions in love,
The rebirth of the body in the profession of faith.
The Creed of His Holy Church with Notes
I believe in the Father,1 God Almighty,2 Creator of Heaven and Earth,3 His words in the garden to man, to dress it and to keep it,4 in the faith of Abraham,5 the obedience of Isaac,6 the resolution of Jacob,7 the forgiveness of Joseph,8 and the sacrifice of Moses.9
I believe in the birthright of Jesus,10 His Holy Designation by John the Baptist,11 His Exalting as the Highest Son of David,12 His Anointing as Heir to the Throne,13 the Proclamation of Him as King by Pontius Pilate14 sealed in His blood,15 And that He is ascended16 as Highest Judge and is seated at the Right Hand17 of the Father in the Kingdom of Heaven.18
I believe in the revelation of the Holy Spirit,19
The appointment of His Church in service,20
The communion of saints in liberty, 21
The forgiveness of transgressions in love,22
The rebirth of the body in the profession of faith.23
Note: The Creed of the Church is written here as a profession of faith and is not meant to be all inclusive nor limit the beliefs of the faithful but simply as a brief verbal description of the tenets of faith laid down from the beginning. More on Creeds
His Church Creed
Footnotes. Date July 4th, 2000
Why Scripture in a Spirit led Church?
The quoting of Scripture as footnotes in support of the Creed is based on the tradition of writing and recording the revelation of the Holy Spirit for reproof.
John 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men.
Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Matthew 26:54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Mark 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Mark 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
Mark 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
John 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
John 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
John 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Acts 17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
Acts 18:28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
Romans 1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.